European Markets for Prosthetic Vascular Grafts
This article was originally published in Start Up
Many large and growing diseases, such as diabetes, cause vessel damage calling for replacement vascular grafts. The European market for prosthetic vascular grafts is today a $343 million industry and growing, according to "The European Prosthetic Vascular Grafts Market," a report just issued y Medtech Insight.
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